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How to Drive Safely in Snowy Conditions

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Do not get left in the cold. Drive safely in the snow and ice.

1. Drive slowly

The first rule of driving in adverse conditions is to slow down. Let me say it again, “Slow down.” Even if you are feeling confident in your giant SUV with snow tires, drive slower than you would if it were not snowing.

2. Do not slam on your brakes.

Watch out for sudden stops. Every seasoned snow driver knows that slamming on your brakes when snow and ice are on the road can cause your vehicle to slide out of control. When you must stop, press the breaks slowly and gently. It helps if you were driving slowly in the first place. If you do start to slide in the snow, do not panic. Do not slam on your brakes here either. It can make the situation much worse. Take a deep breath, lightly touch your brakes and try to regain control of the vehicle by turning your front wheels the direction the vehicle is sliding.

3. Increase following distance.

If you are finding it hard to stop your vehicle in the snowy conditions. Other drivers are probably having the same problem. Increase your following distance so that you have more time to react to anything that happens in front of you.

4. Do not take risks.

Do not rely on other vehicles to stop for you. They may not be able to. Do not cut off other drivers when crossing traffic, such as when making a left turn. In regular conditions, the other driver can step on the brakes to avoid an accident. In the snow and ice, slamming on the brakes is a bad idea. Avoid causing slip offs by giving everyone else plenty of room.